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LICENSED PRACTICAL AND LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSES CAREER INFORMATION

Licensed Vocational Nurse


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Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state in which they work) provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Duties: Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic nursing care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss health care with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

Duties of LPNs and LVNs vary, depending on their work setting, For example, they may teach family members how to care for a relative; help to deliver, care for, and feed infants; collect samples for testing and do routine laboratory tests; or feed patients who need help eating.
Because medical care is regulated, LPNs and LVNs may be limited to doing certain tasks, depending on their state. In some states, for example, LPNs with proper training can give medication or start intravenous (IV) drips, while in other states they cannot. State regulations govern the extent to which LPNs and LVNs must be directly supervised; for example, an LPN may provide certain forms of care only with instructions from a registered nurse.

Experienced licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses oversee and direct other LPNs or LVNs and unlicensed medical staff.

 

OUTLOOK & WAGE DATA

United States

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2010

2020

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

752,300

920,800

+22%

36,920

California

Employment

Percent 
Change

Job Openings

2008

2018

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

63,300

76,900

+22%

3,340

Location

Pay
Period

2010

10%

25%

Median

75%

90%

United States

Hourly

$14.27

$16.47

$19.42

$22.79

$26.93

Yearly

$29,700

$34,300

$40,400

$47,400

$56,000

California

Hourly

$17.94

$20.62

$24.14

$27.81

$31.62

Yearly

$37,300

$42,900

$50,200

$57,800

$65,800

Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.

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State and National Trends
Job Openings refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
Note: The data for the State Employment Trends and the National Employment Trends are not directly comparable. The projections period for state data is 2008-2018, while the projections period for national data is 2010-2020.

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National Data Source: 
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